Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ups and downs.

The past 2 weeks have gone by in seemingly about 5 seconds. First I was excited to get back to my ponies, which leads me to the up! I have an exciting new member to my team, his name is Ned and I got him off the track from the barn I gallop for. I like to think he picked me, I was totally in love from the first day I started there. Couldn't ride him at first, but once I did I rode him up until his race, which he showed no talent for, and the rest is well history. Ned has been living out and my plan is to start him back hacking after the end of show season.

September is always a bit of a rocky month for me, I lost my mom 12 years ago. Not a day passes that I am not reminded of how lucky and blessed I was to know her. If even for a short time. She inspires me to this day, and I could not be more grateful for that, and I know that somewhere she's watching over me (and has saved me more than once!) 

This weekend lena is off to middleburg to run the training, and hopefully its not a total mud pit!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Seneca wrap up

I'm lucky enough to be headed home from a great weekend at the aecs, with some amazing horses, people, and new stuff... But let's not get ahead of our selves here. First I was off to richland park for a very successful weekend! The courses are amazing the footing was perfect and the competition was fierce.

After a whirl wind trip home, I was excited and nervous to be able to say that lena and I were entered to run training at seneca. One last tune up with Mara and off we went. I had an awesome test, I still need to work on a few things as lena does move a bit like a pony, (a very cute one at that!) And I had a blonde rider error, so I didn't feel so bad about my 38. I know that she is capable of lower and that her scores will only continue to improve. On to the fun stuff! I walked the courses and thought some of it looked pretty tricky, I shouldn't have been concerned. Little lena was foot perfect jumping double clear stadium, and xc. She is absolutly amazing to ride to the jumps, and I think I might need to work on my pace some, simply because of galloping even training speed feels slow! O well.

The AECs were next, and I must say that the footing was better than last year, the xc courses at the upper levels were still quite soft. I was happy about the footing! Loved the trade fair, and thought it was a great event (the entry fees were a bit crazy!) But I plan on riding next year, not just working. It was great to see old friends, and my dad!

Next I'm off to plantation, and lena is entered at middleburg and Maryland. With plans of making it to the training three day. Until then I have a few more exciting things in the works, and some awesome horses to ride (and gallop!)